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Sleeping Guardian by velvetcat Sleeping Guardian by velvetcat
Can you spot the guardian? :meow:
I'd love to know how would you interpret this work.
Go ahead and tell me what's in that cave :eager:

I started this work couple of weeks ago, never thought I'll finish it, because I didn't like the way it turned out at first. But today I got back to it anyway and finished it.
hope you like it :heart:
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Given 2012-07-28
Sleeping Guardian by ~velvetcat, intriguing concept painted in beautiful complementary colors. ( Suggested by Christa-Kinde and Featured by alicexz )
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Picture-Bandit Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I took the liberty and included this image on my monthly-blog-feature, link and nick has been included...

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if you would like it removed just let me know...

take care,

P.B.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Photographer
A beautifully constructed scene with a fine palette and quality of light. Great work.
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NathalieRoann Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Writer
Dragon?
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doodle-moose Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
this is breath taking. I'm so impressed with your works
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KTFish7 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
The helmet is a dead give away, but allowing the eyes to slide down the helmet's right side there appears to be the remains of a shoulder pad from armor, with what could easily be the hint of a skeletal arm protruding...which, the second you make the mental connection of a skeletal arm and armor under this helm, the image takes on a whole new scope, as that would be a colossal skeletal guardian. No idea if this was intentional or if I am merely seeing things, but I Thank You either way, as this does indeed inspire some serious creative thoughts.

An excellent image inspires people to dream, and this definitely does that. Well done. Well done indeed.
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Neutral-Death Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"Is that you, Malus? My old friend?"
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Traumfaengerin-Wish Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I see it ^^ The pathway was empty for so long, forgotten, the guardian fell asleep, waiting and dreaming of better times...
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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Traumfaengerin-Wish Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ :hug:
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Hi123321 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, the helmet is so nicely placed. It's such a mesmerizing picture, because your eyes are first drawn to the glow inside the cave, then you regard the title and realize there's something else waiting for you. I love it!
As far as how I interpret it, I first thought there was a fire in the cave, which would lead to people there. Maybe there's a group of wanderers and secret bounty hunters looking for the legend of treasures said to be guarded by the forever sleeping guardian. And now that they've found the sleeping guardian, they have set up camp for the night, because a snow storm is brewing. What they don't know is that a group of natives that live there and protect the treasures are about to ambush them!

....Yeah, my imagination is a bit cliche. :3 But I absolutely love this piece.
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
not cliche! pretty intriguing in my opinion :nod:
thank you <3
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Hi123321 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, your welcome!(:
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acedashdog Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like it. The giant helmet behind the cave hints at layers of occupancy - the remains of dead gods occupied by newer creatures.
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :heart:
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LordCastigator Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Nice work.

Perhaps there's some ancient artifact inside, Holy Grail style, and the guardian is silently & patiently waiting for any unworthy traveler who dares take it from it's sacred resting site...
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ohh, interesting guess :heart:
thank you
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Sir-RickyMcGentleman Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Artist
Great Work!!
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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kevintheradioguy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Writer
I am actually thinking that there's some people in that cave, more like Native American sort, who know these mountains. They've set a fire, and if someone will pass, would be more or less friendly. Well... at least they wont try to eat the passengers.
Dunno, it's just looks cosy in there...

I'd really love to have a wallpaper like that :meow: 'love ice.
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thestjohnlady1 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Utterly stunning.
The guardian could be the actual cave, the Viking horn(s) on the back suggests there is something in there.
Maybe a safe haven to all the fears and doubts we have as humans, or maybe it is your deep dark side; abandon ye hope all who enter here sort of thing.
For me it is somewhere that I seek shelter inside with my Knight in shining armour, somewhere we have struggled to get to; travelling on will be hell ~ but something we must do... maybe we just need to rest a while and have the master of our fears and doubts come and reassure us in our times of need.
I love everything about it. Would also like to borrow it for part of my write~a~thon that I am trying to do.
Would fit well with a few ideas of mine ~ also I could probably do a story based on just what I see.
Beautiful work ~ thank you for posting/sharing/being just amazingly talented.
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PretzilWolf Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely piece, like I can feel the cold as it tightens my lungs.
I am reminded of an area in the game Dear Esther.
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artnerdx Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome piece!!!!
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TinyWild Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
It's beautiful! At first, one is attracted by the warm light in the center, then one sees the helmet of the giant guardian. I can't tell what is in the cave, but my feeling is that the end of the tunnel is not the warm cave but the pale light behind the guardian...
:meditation:
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zepIyn Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I see the guardian ^^.
Lovely, I think you just changed my life.
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aww ^^
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
awesome work and a well-deserved DD! :+fav:
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
you're very welcome! :)
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Nikaleles Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaack perfectly rendered ;_;
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velvetcat Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you (:
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NateFlamm Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great piece! I love the way you put the colors together, and the texture of the ice is perfect. It really gives you a good feeling of the atmosphere and actually being there! :)
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FalteredHeart Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD i thought (it was small when i clicked on it) that it was a tsunami going over a cruise ship like in that movie "Poseidon"...it's so much better than what I thought :3
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eevee444 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol same
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
:bulletblue:Yeah!The artwork is great,and the coloring too! :clap: Is easy see the huge helmet with horn on the left side. :nod: The Guardian should be bigger that the Liberty Statue! :omg:
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TrendyWhistle Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I thought that there were climbers setting camp in there for the night, with a fireplace. They are having fun roasting delicious marshmallows and stuff.
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Avionpiscean33 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I think that there is a highly evolved and sophisticated society of mystic Ice wolve in there. Eiither that or more prehistoric mammal thought to be extinct. Yeah, there is a clan of Dire wolves and neanderthals living in harmony with eachother in there. The glow is from the fire. I'm having a lot of fun with this, and going way overboard. Oh well.
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Animegirl3213 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
O.O it looks like a giant fire nation mask made of ice!

It looks awesome! :3
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emma9953ff7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This reminds me of Lord of The Rings and Deltora Quest for some reason XD
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RedLoki Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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ice-queen-blue Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Bittersweet ~ wonderful!
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PavelZakarovRomanov Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so badass.............
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Dracoan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It looks like an ancient warrior who fought against something and is waiting for it to come back.
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unholycookie Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Inside the cave is a little old man, who is not really so little, but he looks tiny compared to the giant book that he is writing in. It is so large that he sits in the pages themselves while he works, filling the blank spaces around himself in a neat, unhurried hand. What he is writing is the story of the universe, and in the book is everything that has ever happened, including this comment.

(I just realized this is a really old piece! Congrats on the DD, then!)
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Concora Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012   Writer
That's adorable. :la:
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Starvingartist648 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Writer
Took me a bit, but i found him this is wonderful
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Horsegalcaitlin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
This is gorgeous! I found the guardian!
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Gaemn Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
The heart of the forgotten soldier... still burning brightly after years because he pines for his love he lost in the snow so many years ago. It is all that is left of his body and soul...
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MA-Graphics Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i imagine 3 hunters sitting around fire in their fur coats and 2 husky dogs sleeping right next to them :)


very beautiful work btw :clap: :clap: im gonna take a look at your gallery :)
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WickedlyBlond Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Your artwork is so surreal! I would love it if you checked out mine!
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AlexCDavi1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
I see the guardian a little bit left of the cave at least the helmet anyway, not sure whats in the cave.
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